Gaza: Families of
Palestinian Salafi Muslims held in Hamas prisons gathered in Gaza
City on Sunday, demanding the Hamas government to release their
sons, reported Xinhua.
Dozens of women, dressed in black outfits covering their entire
bodies, and some children gathered at the intersection of a main
street in the city, holding banners calling for the release of
their sons, who were held for taking part in firing rockets into
Since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel took
effect in November 2012, Al Qaeda-style extremist groups, with
Salafi members in Gaza, have often claimed responsibility for
breaking the truce and firing rockets into Israel.
Hamas, which controls Gaza, has stepped up its crackdown on the
Salafists, who had fired into Israel at least five times since the
end of the eight-day cross-border fire half a year ago.
"Our sons are strugglers, not criminals or terrorists," read one
of the banners at the demonstration, where many participants said
their sons were detained illegally.
The sister of one of the detainees said her family had been denied
visit to her brother since the beginning of April.
However, Hamas denies that it has held such militants for